Press Release -24 June 2014
The novel Bugs (Huia Publishing) by Whiti Hereaka received a special
mention last night at the NZ Post Children's and Young Adults Awards.
In the Young Adult category, although 'Mortal Fire' by Elizabeth Knox was
found to be the eventual winner, the judges found it difficult to separate the
top two novels.
'It was incredibly challenging choosing a winner in the Young Adult category
but we felt that Bugs deserved extra recognition', the judges said. 'Bugs is a
powerful story with emotional impact that stuck with us long after we had
finished reading the book. The honesty of Bugs in particular really resonated
with us. Whiti Hereaka captures the teenage voice so succinctly in her
'I was quite shocked,' said Whiti. 'After they'd
announced Elizabeth Knox and Mortal Fire the winner, I felt a sense of relief
that I didn't have to make a speech. Then they announced an Honour Award for
Bugs! I just hope I thanked everyone.'
Whiti is now taking time out to write full-time. 'I have a couple of stories
that I'm working on - one is another young adult novel and I'm also working on
a story around a Maori legend.'
With another award to add to a growing list of
past achievements, Whiti is likely to be back at the NZ Post CYA Awards before
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